Business & Investing

Library Business & Investing Resources

Barron's: Covers US financial information, and provides comprehensive investment analysis, daily commentary, and access to critical news moving global markets.

Business Plans Handbook: Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. The latest volume has a cumulative index for all of the other volumes.

Business Reference Books: Business information for a range of topics, including industry information, business management and small business.

Business Source Premier: Provides comprehensive full-text articles for regional business publications (including titles from Crain Communications)/

Data Axle (formerly Reference USA): Contains information on 16 million verified U.S. businesses. Information available includes company name, industry, geographic location, business size, executives, number of employees and sales volume.

Demographics Now: Provides highly detailed demographic data on more than 24 million U.S. businesses and 206 million consumers. Provides complete demographic information for any geographic territory and includes Census data, consumer expenditures, retail spending, and more.

Encyclopedia of Management: Covers management theories and applications.

From Green Industries to Green Jobs: Occupational profiles including information on similar jobs, skills required to perform the job and a typical day in the life of that job.

Historical Encyclopedia of American Business: Information about the major aspects of business, economics and finance in American history.

Job, Career and Business eBook Collection: Use your library card from any of the 8 area metro library systems to borrow titles from this eLibrary collection. Read them in the Libby app or in a browser. 

Legal Forms Library: SCL's subscription to Gale Legal Forms has ended. We recommend that you use the SCL Legal Resource Directory for a list of websites offering Free Legal Forms & Research.

LinkedIn Learning for Library: Formerly Self-paced, on-demand video tutorials for learning business, technical and creative skills. Includes topics such as software, photography, animation, presentation skills, game design, digital publishing, and cloud computing.

Morningstar Investment Research Center: MELSA's subscription to Morningstar has ended. For investment information, please see Value Line (below).

Regional Business News: Provides comprehensive full-text articles from regional business publications (including titles from Crain Communications).

Value Line Investment Survey: The Value Line Investment Survey is a comprehensive source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks in 98 industries, the stock market and the economy.

Wall Street Journal: Articles from 1984 to the present.

Web Resources

Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota - October 2023 Edition (PDF): An annual publication of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Minnesota Small Business Assistance Office: Offers consultation services and guidebooks to new and established small business owners.

Scott County Economic Development Resources: Browse programs and resources available to Scott County residents who are starting a small business. 

South Metro SCORE: Provides business counseling and workshops to help entrepreneurs and small businesses evaluate and prepare plans, stabilize, grow, innovate, and succeed.